March 17, 2016

Review: Sophia: Writings On Nature and Religion by Todd Erick Pedersen

Title: Sophia: Writings On Nature and Religion

Author: Todd Erick Pedersen

Publisher: Balboa Press

Date of Publication: 2013

Number of Pages: 172

Find it at: Book Depository

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Sophia: Writings On Nature and Religion features a selection of concise meditations and short essays, with a host of psalmist-style prose poems and one eponymous hymn. Thus, this book is all at once supposed to deepen and to expand upon and to illuminate, the ancient mysterious and religiously archetypal figure, of Sophia, or Holy Wisdom. Writings On Nature and Religion is then a sustained exploration of this numinous figure and of her livingly gracious presence.


Sophia: Writings on Nature and Religion seemed like the ideal book to provide food for thought. Although I'm not that religious, I am a nature lover and so I thought that I could give it a try. But it turned out another disappointment.

First of all, I never understood what the author tried to write: essays or poetry? I know that in the description they are mentioned as psalmist-style prose poems, but in order to keep the format the author had to cut something from the writing. This often led to half-finished sentences. Another thing that really bothered me was the extensive use of adjectives. I understand perfectly well that the imagery was used in a symbolic way, but it was too much. Most of the times it didn't add anything to the essay, it just described beautiful scenery.

This leads to the next problem I had with this book: its name should be Sophia: Writings On Religion. This was a purely religious book and although at first there was a more holistic approach to it, after a certain point passages from the Bible appeared. Don't misunderstand me, this fact alone didn't bother. I just expected to read something about nature, as well as something about religion.

All in all, Sophia: Writings On Nature and Religion wasn't my cup of tea. I almost didn't finish it. I'm also not sure where to recommend it. I guess, if you are into spiritualism then you could give it a try.

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